30 review for Dystopia: Collected Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A solid collection! With so much horror in so few words, Matheson's stories read like flash fiction--so enveloping you can't just read one or two, you're halfway through the book before you realize it! The story 'Red' breaks my heart every time. A solid collection! With so much horror in so few words, Matheson's stories read like flash fiction--so enveloping you can't just read one or two, you're halfway through the book before you realize it! The story 'Red' breaks my heart every time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Midnight Blue

    RC Matheson writes like no one I've ever read.....clear, concise, and visceral; his short, short stories with short, short sentences are like an icepick to the brain allowing dark and disturbing images to climb in and stay for awhile. I'm a fan. RC Matheson writes like no one I've ever read.....clear, concise, and visceral; his short, short stories with short, short sentences are like an icepick to the brain allowing dark and disturbing images to climb in and stay for awhile. I'm a fan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Justin Robinson

    Well, I thought I was getting pretty good at writing short stories. Then I read this collection by the master.

  4. 4 out of 5

    angie

    One of the darkest collections of short stories I have ever, ever read, but also one of THE best, Richard Christian Matheson's anthology really, REALLY gets under your skin, in good ways and bad. No one else I have read before writes like he does and maybe that's for the best. Gripping, unnerving, often surprisingly spot on (in a very scary way) about the human heart and mind, Dystopia is well-titled and refreshingly unique. One of the darkest collections of short stories I have ever, ever read, but also one of THE best, Richard Christian Matheson's anthology really, REALLY gets under your skin, in good ways and bad. No one else I have read before writes like he does and maybe that's for the best. Gripping, unnerving, often surprisingly spot on (in a very scary way) about the human heart and mind, Dystopia is well-titled and refreshingly unique.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I liked about a third of the stories in this anthology of Matheson writings. The ones I particularly liked had twists at the end, much like a Twilight Zone episode. The other two thirds of the stories were either boring or pornographic in my opinion. I would not recommend this collection of stories or this author, even though the writing style was interesting and well-crafted. Read at your own risk.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M

    Stunning I've always seen his work as a dark star in the constellation of horror fiction. His short fiction is ironic, grim and capable of moments of great beauty. His genre limits his appeal but he's worth consideration alongside the likes of Amy Hempel and George Saunders. Stunning I've always seen his work as a dark star in the constellation of horror fiction. His short fiction is ironic, grim and capable of moments of great beauty. His genre limits his appeal but he's worth consideration alongside the likes of Amy Hempel and George Saunders.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Becerril

    A wonderful collection of short stories from the best contemporary horror writer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    From the first story, I thought, "DAMN! This is gonna be good..." It took me quite awhile to get through this book, but only because I used it to "cleanse the palate" between novels. (I always read short stories between novels.) I'd also use this to read at 3a when I had insomnia. Not the wisest choice, though, as it induced a few nightmares. The bulk of the stories are incredibly short. 2 pages or less short. It's staggering to see an entire story told in that short a space, but every story, you From the first story, I thought, "DAMN! This is gonna be good..." It took me quite awhile to get through this book, but only because I used it to "cleanse the palate" between novels. (I always read short stories between novels.) I'd also use this to read at 3a when I had insomnia. Not the wisest choice, though, as it induced a few nightmares. The bulk of the stories are incredibly short. 2 pages or less short. It's staggering to see an entire story told in that short a space, but every story, you get the entire picture presented. And the writing.... wow. It's beautiful. It's damn near lyrical. Oddly, the only story I didn't care for so much was the longest page count by far. The one about the rise and fall of the rock group. The rest will stick with me for ages. I also loved the wonderful introduction written by the author's dad, Richard Matheson. It was very sweet and a little jealous - hah!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Chalmers

    This was good in parts, brilliant in parts, and a bit too macabre in parts. The quality is generally very good, and there are lots of stories here to get one's teeth into. The author has real talent with words, and there are descriptive passages in here that are as good as anything I've read in dystopia. Trouble is, there is real need for editorial work. Not to correct grammar or typos or anything like that. But a strong eye would have urged dropping a few stories, amending unsatisfactory endings This was good in parts, brilliant in parts, and a bit too macabre in parts. The quality is generally very good, and there are lots of stories here to get one's teeth into. The author has real talent with words, and there are descriptive passages in here that are as good as anything I've read in dystopia. Trouble is, there is real need for editorial work. Not to correct grammar or typos or anything like that. But a strong eye would have urged dropping a few stories, amending unsatisfactory endings in others, and generally shaping the collection in a better way. Nevertheless, I recommend this for dystopia fans. It is bizarre and mainly enjoyable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    A collection of short stories with exactly the same ending. That ending being me, rolling my eyes. At worst these stories remind me of particularly good “copypasta”. Cute little stories with twist endings that you can usually see coming a mile away. The literary equivalent of dollar store candy. The difference between salt water taffy and tootsie rolls. Still, I like tootsie rolls and I liked these stories. My time wasn’t wasted and if you too have spent hours rotting your teeth on forums and me A collection of short stories with exactly the same ending. That ending being me, rolling my eyes. At worst these stories remind me of particularly good “copypasta”. Cute little stories with twist endings that you can usually see coming a mile away. The literary equivalent of dollar store candy. The difference between salt water taffy and tootsie rolls. Still, I like tootsie rolls and I liked these stories. My time wasn’t wasted and if you too have spent hours rotting your teeth on forums and message boards reading the amateur horror attempts of the someday soon talented then I recommend this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samia Salah

    This volume of short stories imposes itself as a classic. The variety of themes and the efficency of the storytelling are impressive. The stories are incredibly haunting and scar the brain for ever. A neurological tatooing with a style as sharp as a blade. It is a luck that it is translated in french. Samia Salah.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scot Parker

    Unfortunately, this short story collection did not hold up to the standard established by Matheson's previous work. Some of the stories were entertaining, but none stood out as exceptional and there were a lot of duds. Unfortunately, this short story collection did not hold up to the standard established by Matheson's previous work. Some of the stories were entertaining, but none stood out as exceptional and there were a lot of duds.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Signor Mambrino

    This book does contain some really good stories, but it also contains lots of stories that are not really good. A best of collection would have suited me better than this very comprehensive collection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris Amies

    An excellent collection of varied and thought-provoking stories by this author. Some stories I wish I'd thought of. Some I can see where he got the idea because I'd had them as a passing thought only what makes Matheson a writer is the ability to take that thought and turn it into a workable tale. An excellent collection of varied and thought-provoking stories by this author. Some stories I wish I'd thought of. Some I can see where he got the idea because I'd had them as a passing thought only what makes Matheson a writer is the ability to take that thought and turn it into a workable tale.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nmdrew

    RC Matheson never disappoints Much like his father, RC delivers thought-provoking and well written short stories. He is in fact a master of the short shorts. The range of topics found in this collection is vast and will please virtually every reader. A must for fans of the genre.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Lynserra

    Very clever and in-depth stories that are very short and sweet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Guillaume

    Un grand nombre de courtes nouvelles, de qualité du coup forcément inégales

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barry Eysman

    This review is from: Dystopia (Kindle Edition) Richard Christian Matheson makes words count. In DYSTOPIA, even for the third time reading most of them, they still have power. They are mordant, humane, sad, horrific. Red is justifiably one of his finest stories. Reading it again, I see art work of such dexterity and timing and peeling back the label one step at a time. It should be taught in high schools and colleges. For the sheer construction of it, and most especially the ache we feel for this This review is from: Dystopia (Kindle Edition) Richard Christian Matheson makes words count. In DYSTOPIA, even for the third time reading most of them, they still have power. They are mordant, humane, sad, horrific. Red is justifiably one of his finest stories. Reading it again, I see art work of such dexterity and timing and peeling back the label one step at a time. It should be taught in high schools and colleges. For the sheer construction of it, and most especially the ache we feel for this sad person and what happens. The fun of Canceled, Shutterbugs, The Screaming Man, Where There's a Will, and most especially the beauty, the touching of the heart in the last story. I hope anyone who has lost someone close,will read Who's You in America. You will want to say a from the heart thanks. He is extremely good. Extremely. Thanks.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blair Hodgkinson

    Richard Christian Matheson's mastery of the short story form is apparent in this collection. Precision and word economy, compounded with satisfying endings(often with a twist), make these stories enjoyable and memorable. RC Matheson comes close to challenging his father's mastery of the form in several places in this volume. Highly recommended. Richard Christian Matheson's mastery of the short story form is apparent in this collection. Precision and word economy, compounded with satisfying endings(often with a twist), make these stories enjoyable and memorable. RC Matheson comes close to challenging his father's mastery of the form in several places in this volume. Highly recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dysmonia Kuiper

    I enjoyed the dark, twisted short stories I was able to get to before this book was due back at the library, but I never had a chance to read the whole collection. I would like to finish them all one day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Friends with Peter Straub, raised on Bradbury, Bloch, & his father's works, Matheson naturally knows how to tweak an ending. Great short stories. Friends with Peter Straub, raised on Bradbury, Bloch, & his father's works, Matheson naturally knows how to tweak an ending. Great short stories.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mehnaz Rahman

    This is my favorite short stories book. No one can write like Richard Christian Matheson! There is always a surprise at the end of each story. It's amazing! This is my favorite short stories book. No one can write like Richard Christian Matheson! There is always a surprise at the end of each story. It's amazing!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Holly Interlandi

    So gorgeous I can't even. So gorgeous I can't even.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Just Me

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Ng

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bram Floria

  29. 5 out of 5

    Waffles

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iana Jacobson

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